GLBTI change makers recognised as winners of the GLOBE Community Awards

The winners of the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards were announced at the third annual gala on Friday night hosted by the hilarious Judith Lucy.

Around 400 people attended the gala event at Myer Mural Hall to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who serve the GLBTI community. The event, this year, was delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government.

GLOBE President David Micallef is proud of the entire GLBTI community: “So many people work hard to make our community great; this is hardly an exhaustive list,” says David.

“Here we recognised some of the great change makers, whom are leading the way equality in Victoria and in Australia,” adds David.

The major award, GLBTI Person of the Year went to Georgie Stone, a young transgender woman who has put herself forward to change laws and ease the path of those who follow. At sixteen years old, Georgie stands as an advocate for the entire community.

“Georgie is doing work that will change the lives of millions of young transgender people in years to come. Without her, and her families willingness to stand up and put themselves forward, our laws may still be restricting the lives of young transgender people who need to live their true lives,” says David.

“Every GLBTI Person of the Year finalist was under 30 this year, which shows that we, as a community, are building a legacy that builds our young people up to stand for their own views.”

“We must continue with this foundation that allows you GLBTI Australians to have a strong voice. We must always listen to every generation for the perspective they bring,” adds David.

David congratulated all of this year’s finalists and winners: “Year on year we see an incredible caliber of nominees who do inspirational work to support those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex in our community.”

The GLOBE Community Awards are the only awards to recognise excellence in Victoria’s GLBTI community. In 2016 the judges were once again challenged to shortlist an extraordinary pool of nominations and ultimately decide on winners.

The winners of the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards:

 

A Healthy Community – Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre

Connecting the GLBTI Community – SWAG Albury/Wodonga

ANZ Excellence in business – LGBTI Jobs

Protecting our community, sponsored by Lander & Rogers – Blue Cross, Proud to be Me

Media excellence – James Findlay

Artist of the year- Gavin Roach

Straight ally of the year, sponsored by IBM – Matt Finnis, St Kilda Football Club

Volunteer of the year – Rebecca Bauer, Melbourne Inclusive Church

The John Marriot Sportsperson of the year, sponsored by AESOP – Cassio Muniz Goncalves, Melbourne Spikers

MCV Peoples Choice Award – Roz Ward

Victorian GLBTI Person of the year – Georgie Stone

Meet the amazing media people in our community

The Media Excellence Award in the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards celebrate great work in media and broadcasting in our community.

These individuals keep us informed, entertained and/or champion key issues for the GLBTI community through a range of different media, including radio, TV, print and online.

Meet the 2016 finalists:

Dean Arcuri, Same Same

Dean has been a pillar in the GLBTIQ community as is demonstrated through his achievements particularly over the past year. Dean has been instrumental in driving the readership for samesame.com in Melbourne. Dean embeds himself in the GLBTIQ community to ensure that he understands each of their perspectives , which has allowed him to produce material that captures the essence and the functions of each subgroup.

Mark Kearney, Bendigo Advertiser

In eight months at the Bendigo Advertiser, Mark has been determined to write about the experiences of samesex attracted, sex and gender diverse people living in central Victoria on every possible occasion.

Mark recognises the media’s critical role in educating the community about the prejudice that continues to be directed towards LGBTI people.

Alice Clarke

She has been a freelance journalist for the last ten years, mostly writing for the Herald Sun, as well as for Cherrie Magazine, MCV and Curve Magazine. Alice was nominated for her work in her regular Herald Sun opinion column. In her column she tries to explain and normalize LGBTI issues for a conservative and occasionally hostile audience, including writing about our personal journey to have children.

James Findlay

In the past 12 months James has overseen the direction of content and the on-air sound of JOY 94.9, including all weekday and specialist programs across 168 hours of programming each week.

This includes the introduction of LGBTIQ current affairs to the airwaves by way of The Informer, JOY’s nightly current affairs program (Monday-Thursday). After months of recruitment for the right dedicated, talented team, James introduced The Informer to air in April and the program has been a huge success.

Meet the finalists who are protecting the GLBTI community

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The GLOBE Community Awards recognise the important and inspiring work that happens in Victoria’s GLBTI community.

The Protecting Our Community Award category, sponsored by Lander and Rogers, recognises organisations and programs that increase the safety or advance human rights in our community.

Meet the finalists for this year’s awards:

Victorian Public Sector Pride Network, Supportive and Understanding Human Resource Teams – Established to motivate workplace inclusion for the LGBTI and wider community, VPSPN has contributed to providing better insight into policy, development and improved service outcomes to cater for the community it serves. An active voice in the government’s roll out of the ‘LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2016-2017’ and ‘Pride in Diversity’, the team strives to nurture and support LGBTI individuals in the workplace.

Blue Cross, Proud to be Me – An all-inclusive program for BlueCross employees, this initiative was devised to encourage diversity and cohesion. Motivated by the introduction of the first National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy, the program is aimed to support staff in their clinical and overall care of clients despite their preference in sexuality, gender identity or intersex status. Through the ‘Proud to be Me’ program, BlueCross is devoted to offering an understanding, supportive and nurturing environment to both their clients and staff.

Victorian Local Governance Association, Local Government Turns Rainbow – An annual forum, established in April this year, was attended by councillors and council officers throughout Victoria. This forum launched to educate attendees of the LGBTI community on their needs and rights, providing support and social activities and how to actively consult and engage with the community. The ‘Local Government Turns Rainbow’ meeting is aimed to assist local government professionals to better support, collaborate and work alongside the LGBTI community to creative a more cohesive and inclusive environment.

Joy 94.9 – Since 1993, this independent, volunteer-based radio station has been the voice of the ever-diverse and vibrant gay and lesbian community. Asserting freedom of expression and celebrating the LGBTI culture, achievements and pride has been at the forefront of this radio station’s ethos. 329,000 + people tune in to be updated on music, talkback, news and current affairs, arts and cultural programs that interest the LGBTI and wider community. Joy FM supports the community through offering 450 free service announcements on behalf of organisations that are aligned with the LGBTI community.

Meet our Healthy Community Finalists

The Healthy Community award at the GLOBE Community Awards celebrates organisations who work hard to protect the physical and mental health of those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in Victoria.

Meet the finalists for the 2016 Healthy Community Award:

Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre offer the trans and gender diverse community general medical care, mental health checks, a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinic, support for trans people living with HIV, and sex work checkups.

Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing outcomes of children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria.

GLBTIQ Sports Festival, Team Melbourne the Sports Festival is the single largest annual event of its kind in Australia. GLBTIQ sport and recreation in Melbourne and aims to do three things; to get more of the GLBTIQ community involved in sport, promote the important health benefits to sport participation, and to build a stronger connection across Victoria’s GLBTIQ sporting and recreation groups.

Queerspace, Drummond Street Services is a mental health and wellbeing focused service for LGBTIQ communities, you can access information, check out our research, and get help and support in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space.

Connecting the GLBTI Community – Meet the Finalists

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The Connecting the GLBTI Community award for the GLOBE Community Award recognises the work of organisations that aim to bring the community together.

This category is open to all organisations in our community and the hard work that they do to ensure that we can connect with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Victorian community.

Here are the finalists for the 2016 award:

SWAG Albury/Wodonga provide a unique experience within the Albury-Wodonga region of New South Wales for all members of the LGBTQI community through engaging social events and local activities. The SWAG community has grown steadily in numbers over the last 12 months, from 100 people, on their very first night to over 330 people, bringing together the wider communities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, heterosexual & indigenous communities

VAC, Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference The conference explored best practice, research and community responses to improving the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women.

Victorian Public Sector Pride Network, Establishment of a VPS Pride Network In 2015 the Victorian Public Sector Pride Network (VPSPN) was established to connect existing Pride Networks in Victorian Public Sector (VPS) organisations and assist those without pride groups to establish their own Pride Networks. It provides support, networking opportunities and resources for LGBTI workplace inclusion, such as LGBTI awareness training for public servants, participation in community events, celebration of days of importance, promotion of resources to assist with culture change, and regular social drinks.

RMIT, Pride Mentoring Program – considered a ‘pioneer in pride’, was established in 2012 to offer career and personal guidance to RMIT students who identify as LGBTIQ. Through a successful mentoring system aimed to support and prepare these students for entering the workforce, the program extends itself to counselling students through challenges that might arise from their sexual and gender preference.

Meet our finalists for the ANZ Excellence in Business

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The GLOBE Community Awards celebrate the inspirational work in Victoria’s GLBTI community. Supported by the Victorian Government, all of our award categories have one thing in common – that our finalists give back and contribute to the community.

The ANZ Excellence in Business embodies this by celebrating businesses in our community that not only celebrate the contribution that GLBTI individuals and businesses make to the economy but also support the growth of our community.

Here are the finalists for the 2016 award:

The LAIRD – Is a revered Melbourne establishment that caters to the gay male community. Since opening its doors (and arms) to the gay community back in September 1980, it has become a solace for men to be themselves. The LAIRD was the first approved hotel in Victoria to reach a ‘male-only’ status, formerly unprecedented. The LAIRD has been at the forefront of supporting local community endeavours such as the VicBears, the Melbourne Leather Men and has since become sponsors of the Melbourne Chargers Rugby Union Football Club (Victoria’s only gay rugby club.)

RMIT, Pride Mentoring Program – considered a ‘pioneer in pride’, was established in 2012 to offer career and personal guidance to RMIT students who identify as LGBTIQ. Through a successful mentoring system aimed to support and prepare these students for entering the workforce, the program extends itself to counselling students through challenges that might arise from their sexual and gender preference.

LGBTI Jobs – The first of its kind in Australia, LGBTI Jobs is committed to pairing LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. Although a relatively new project launching in mid-2016, LGBTI Jobs have showed no signs of slowing down. Collaborating with Swinburne University and Maddock Lawyers to create the ‘LGBTI Inclusivity Compliance Assessment’, this board assesses potential companies for their safe and inclusive culture and policies to ensure a perfect candidate-fit. Their objectives are unified and succinct: to raise a community that often faces massive discrimination while assisting both job seeker and organisation in a practical way.

Meet our finalists for the Artist of the Year Award

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The 2016 GLOBE Community Awards are nearly here and the Artist of the Year Award is one of our most popular!

This category is awarded to a Victorian GLBTI artist for exceptional work in the performing arts, visual arts, music or film. Here’s some background on our finalists for the 2016 award:

Lisa White – is a Melbourne photographer known for creating her In Bed Project. Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed-in. Lisa’s project series include over 120 works of families who support marriage equality. Lisa studied photography in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne where she began work as a family and wedding photographer.

Gavin Roach – is a wonderful writer and performer based in Melbourne, although his shows take him around the world. Gavin graduated the Bachelor of Arts (Acting for the Screen and Stage) at Charles Sturt University in 2003, Bachelor of Arts (Acting for the Screen and Stage, Honours.) 2006 and Gavin graduated with Masters in Arts Management at UTS in 2011. Most recently, Gavin Roach adapted Daniel Witthaus’ book BEYOND PRISCILLA for the stage.

Cory McKinnon – is highly revered throughout the GLBTIQ community as a ‘Jack AND Jill’ of all trades. From choreography to costume design to all elements of stage design and production Corey has been at the forefront of countless GLBTIQ events, as performer and director in equal measures. First and foremost he is an entertainer and through his showmanship and confidence he inspires community engagement and equality.

The Sparrow Men – is a completely unique and improvised show, created by two world-class and unique men, Marcus and Andy. Marcus and Andy studied at the iO in Chicago. Markus and Andy perform, teach and coach weekly-improvised theatre company called The Improv Conspiracy.

Check out our finalists for the John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year

The John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year Awards, sponsored by AESOP is awarded for outstanding achievement in any sport by a Victorian GLBTI individual. These individuals are not only committed to their sport of choice but inspire, support and elicit the spirit of inclusiveness, and give back to their clubs and their communities.

Winners in this category have included Jason Ball (pictured with his team above), from the Yarra Glen Football Club, and John Marriott, from the Glamourhead Sharks.

This years finalists are:

melbournesurgeAndrew ‘Disco’ Sciberras – (Melbourne Surge) is a founding member of water polo team ‘Melbourne Surge’. Disco has travelled nationally and internationally representing his sport, most notably to the World Outgames in Antwerp and the Cologne Gay Games. Few sporting teams can boast a player that contributes with unwavering passion to the team’s success through the encouragement and development of each and every player whilst still excelling on a personal level.

glamourheadTodd Patrick – (Glamourhead Sharks) has been a member of the Glamourhead Sharks swim team for almost 3 years. Like many Australians Todd swum as a boy, but successfully pursued dancing as a career. Todd returned to the pool at 34 and has applied the discipline and dedication from his background in dance to his competitiveness in the pool. Naturally inspiring and encouraging, Todd is unwavering in his support of his teammates. Such qualities are demonstrative of him being an obvious ambassador for promoting more GLBTIQ participants in sport.

rzlyuzvy_400x400Cassio Muniz Gonclaves – (Melbourne Spikers) has enjoyed much success as a volleyball player. His dedication has seen him decorated with accolades from sporting events Australia-wide. Cassio is now in his 5th year competitively with the Melbourne Spikers. He has been nominated not only for his skill and commitment, but for the personal provisions he makes for the GLBTIQ community in ensuring and encouraging wellbeing, social integration and the benefits of participating in exercise at a team level.

Have you voted for the MCV People’s Choice Award?

Our judges are busy deliberating on the winners of the GLOBE Community Awards, but you can still take part in the MCV People’s Choice Award.

This year’s nominees have done amazing work for Victoria’s GLBTI community, and now it is your turn to tell us who should receive this prestigious award.

The winner will be announced at the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards on 21 October.

Check out the profiles of the top ten for the MCV People’s Choice Award and cast your vote on the MCV website.

 

Finalists announced for the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards

Groups and individuals from all parts of Victoria’s GLBTI community have today been announced as the inspirational finalists for the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards.

The GLOBE Community Awards are the only awards to recognise excellence in Victoria’s GLBTI community. Winners will be announced at the gala awards night on 21 October at Myer Mural Hall, hosted by the hilarious Judith Lucy.

The set of 38 finalists, announced from over 60 nominations across 10 categories recognize work being delivered across all parts of the GLBTI community, and right throughout Victoria.

GLOBE President David Micallef said that 2016 has been a difficult year for the community but despite this, the community has continued to shine: “Each year the community continues to amaze us and inspire us with work that supports the needs of people who identify as GLBTI.,” says David.

“This year it is great to see a lot of work being done in the gender identity space and some inspiring work being done by young people in our community. It is also heartening to see that inspirational work is happening not just in Melbourne, but throughout regional Victoria as well.

Our six judges for 2016 are Anna Brown, David Hannam, Emma Page Campbell, Gus Johnston, Farrah Tomazin and Peter Hitchener.

Nominations closed on 31 August 2016 and each of the six judges were allocated a number of categories to review, with all judges reviewing nominations for the GLBTI Person of the Year.

“This approach helps us ensure that a fair assessment is applied to all nominees and that we manage any conflicts of interest,” says David.

“I wish all of our finalists the best of luck at the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards.”

The awards are proudly supported by our lead partner the Victorian Government and our sponsors IBM, ANZ, Lander and Rogers, MCV, Joy 94.9, RMIT, Design Awards, Botanics of Melbourne and This is Maynard.

2016 GLOBE Community Awards Finalists

A Healthy Community – Judged by: Anna Brown, David Hannam and Farrah Tomazin

  • Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service
  • GLBTIQ Sports Festival, Team Melbourne
  • Queerspace, Drummond Street Services 

Connecting the GLBTI Community – Judged by: Gus Johnston, David Hannam and Peter Hitchener

  • SWAG Albury/Wodonga
  • VAC, Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference
  • Victorian Public Sector Pride Network, Establishment of a VPS Pride Network
  • RMIT, Pride Mentoring Program

ANZ Excellence in business – Judged by: David Hannam, Emma Page Campbell and Gus Johnston

  • The LAIRD
  • RMIT, Pride Mentoring Program
  • LGBTI Jobs
  • The GH Hotel

Protecting our community, sponsored by Lander & Rogers – Judged by: Anna Brown, Emma Page Campbell and Farrah Tomazin

  • Victorian Public Sector Pride Network, Supportive and Understanding Human Resource Teams
  • Blue Cross, Proud to be Me
  • Victorian Local Governance Association, Local Government Turns Rainbow
  • Joy 94.9

Media excellence – Judged by: Farrah Tomazin, Gus Johnston and Peter Hitchener

  • Alice Clarke
  • Dean Arcuri
  • Mark Kearney
  • James Findlay

Artist of the year – Judged by: David Hannam, Emma Page Campbell and Gus Johnston

  • Lisa White
  • Gavin Roach
  • Cory McKinnon
  • The Sparrow Men

Straight ally of the year, sponsored by IBM – Judged by Anna Brown, Emma Page Campbell and Peter Hitchener. Conflict of interest judge: David Hannam.

  • Rebekah Robertson, Transcend
  • Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria
  • Angie Green, Stand Up Events
  • Matt Finnis, St Kilda Football Club 

Volunteer of the year – Judged by: Anna Brown, Emma Page Campbell and Farrah Tomazin

  • Ayman Barbaresco
  • Colin Krycer, VAC
  • Jed Gilbert, Joy 94.9
  • Rebecca Bauer, Melbourne Inclusive Church

The John Marriott Sportsperson of the year – Judged by: Farrah Tomazin, Gus Johnston and Peter Hitchener

  • Andrew “Disco” Sciberras, Melbourne Surge
  • Todd Patrick, Glamourhead Sharks
  • Cassio Muniz Goncalves, Melbourne Spikers

Victorian GLBTI Person of the year – Judged by all six judges

  • Micah Scott
  • Georgie Stone
  • Brett Bowen